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Ballet Meet world's first hijabi ballerina

Allow me introduce you to the teenager who is the first Muslim hijab wearing ballerina.

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This young lady is only 14 years old, but she donned her first tutu at the age of two.

Stephanie Kurlow and her family converted to Islam nine years ago and she has been wearing the hijab since she was nine years old.

She was afraid that her religious beliefs and her artistic passion would not go together but now, those fears have been put to rest.

Hijab ballerina play

Hijab ballerina

(huffingtonpost)

 

Kurlow is on her way to become the first professional ballet dancer in the world to wear the hijab. As shown in these images captured in a Sydney studio, she has managed to merge her faith and her talent fluidly.

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The daughter of Australian and Russian parents, she makes quite a striking image in a blue tutu and matching blue hijab.

These photos are definitely different from the other photos of ballet and ballerinas you have seen. This could be a path to the future of a more inclusive art form. 

When she started wearing the hijab, Kurlow did not find any ballet classes that allowed her wear the head covering during training.

Hijab ballerina play

Hijab ballerina

(huffingtonpost)

 

Undeterred, she launched a funding campaign to raise money for a private tutor that would train her thoroughly and rigorously.

A total of more than 7000 dollars were donated by about 700 people to make her dream a reality.

Kurlow hopes to serve as inspiration to girls who are struggling with their dreams due to their religions or just as she was inspired by ballet trailblazer Misty Copeland and hijabi Emirati lifter Amna Al Haddad.

Though she is still young, Kurlow is not fazed by the disapproval she gets from members of the Muslim community as well as the ballet community. 

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